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Moda Operandi
luxury retailer for runway collections
Headquarters New York City    Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Moda Operandi is an established US-based internet retailer, specializing in cutting edge luxury fashion labels & championing emerging designers from around the globe.

POSITION SUMMARY: We are looking for an experienced Photo Researcher who will be responsible for sourcing the best images & managing all visual assets to support editorial, creative & marketing projects for the womens, mens & home businesses; in particular for weekly emails, social media, digital editorial, videos, marketing & site imagery.

The Photo Researcher will need to maintain relationships with picture libraries, photographers, PR contacts & agencies, photographer estates, & other external agencies to provide strong visuals for all content produced in-house.


  • Provide picture research from editorial creative briefs for stand-alone emails, online features & corresponding emails, creative videos, marketing briefs & presentations for web & print use
  • Review photo-led creative briefs (where relevant) & contribute to briefing meetings & ideation
  • Produce diverse & creative research, which inspires the editorial & design teams by delivering visually arresting images which surpass the standard & stop our customers as they scroll
  • Coordinate delivery from fashion week photographers/videographers/agencies, in-house teams & apply for accreditation for the fashion shows
  • Develop relationships with all existing image libraries, source & negotiate new contacts & contracts, liaise with bloggers, & on-brand picture contributors for runway/ backstage/ street style & celebrity images
  • Understand the market prices & routinely negotiate best prices for usages.
  • Hold comprehensive knowledge of copyright legislation on usage rights, & seek updates on the rules that govern usage to ensure the companys practice meets these standards.
  • Call in & utilize PR content for editorial use, where possible, to reduce budget spend & develop relationships with brands & industry contacts
  • Support Production teams with lookbook production & seasonal projects by assisting on imagery call-ins from suppliers & brands
  • Responsible for image checks on crediting, picture quality, repro for online & offline formats
  • Manage detailed records of usage right contracts, agreements & contacts for reference
  • Manage picture research budgets & closely monitor spends to ensure budgets are adhered to, with attention on planning
  • Classify & maintain existing archives & develop a referencing system
  • Follow design, editorial & fashion news & events to support the creative initiatives & provide research for conceptualizing.
  • Contribute to processes to enhance & increase efficiency & quality of deliverables.


  • Ideal candidate would have proven picture research experience in a fast-paced publishing or creative agency environment for womens fashion.
  • Extensive knowledge of womens fashion history, designers, people (fashion & celebrities) & interpreting runway & fashion trends for research
  • Good general knowledge of cultural events, iconic style figures, art & design movements & film history & genres
  • Liaise regularly with the Editorial & Design teams to ensure layouts are correct, hi-res images are in & caption/credit information is supplied on schedule
  • Great relationship & contacts with image libraries, PRs, & picture contributors
  • Understanding of the digital art-working process, as well as having good judgment, a sense of initiative & a professional working manner
  • Demonstrate strong time management skills to meet tight deadlines
  • Degree of flexibility to cope with the demands of a rapidly growing company
  • A problem-solver who is methodical & detail oriented & highly organized
  • Experience in budgeting & managing finances
  • Self-motivated, & eagerness to learn
  • Good sense of humor & team comradery
  • Proficient in Photoshop, PowerPoint, MS Word & Excel, & Design packages an advantage.
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